By Roxaann Herrera // @roxaaneh
I fell in love with football when I was in the 5th grade. My family tried to brainwash me to like baseball and soccer, but they did succeed in making me a Los Angeles Lakers fan; but that’s for another day. I volunteered to play flag football one lunch recess and for my first run, I completed a first down and the rest is history. It really was that simple.
That same day, I had my brother explain the basics of football to me and though I had no particular team I was rooting for, I followed quarterbacks Kurt Warner and Brett Favre throughout their journey as two of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.
It wasn’t until summer 2003 when I laid eyes on quarterback Donovan McNabb in a Sports Illustrated magazine that I chose who I would be spending the rest of my life with, for better or worse, in sickness or health, till death do us part: the Philadelphia Eagles.
Having participated in sports for most of my life, I understand the importance of sportsmanship. It was engrained in me at an early age, and one of the main reasons I love football is because it is a true team sport. It is a physical and gritty game but it also takes strategy.
Growing up with five brothers, it was easy to watch my football games Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays. We would watch most basketball games together and even catch a few live MLB games as a family every summer as I was growing up. Sports was always on in my home, regardless if I was interested or not.
My loyalty to the Eagles has always been strong. I have traveled to San Francisco to watch the game against the 49ers and I recently went to Arizona to pay them a visit there, too. My goal is to go to every single football stadium to see the Philadelphia Eagles play.
It’s always fun talking to people about football and see how surprised they are at how much I actually know the game. Social media has been a great way to get in touch with people who not only love football but the Eagles as well.
Throughout the past five years or so, I’ve started my own sports blogs only to delete them because I don’t have the time to dedicate to them, or even written a few articles for other sports sites only to leave for the same reason: lack of time.
It wasn’t until Liz Panucci reached out to me December 2015 inquiring about my interest in writing for NFLFemale, now OurTurf Football, that I finally felt that this was a site that I belonged to. It feels great being a part of an organization that has gained popularity and is a positive environment where women can have open dialogue about all things football- the good and the bad. I am proud to be an Official Fan Reporter for OurTurf Football.
If you would like to follow me on social media where I gush over and bash on my Eagles, here are my accounts: